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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (5,239 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Scott Turow Narrator: Edward Herrmann Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Kindle County Series Release Date: May 2010 ISBN: 9781600249204
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The sequel to the genre-defining, landmark bestseller Presumed InnocentInnocent continues the story of Rusty Sabich and Tommy Molto who, twenty years later, find themselves pitted against each other once again in a riveting psychological match after the mysterious death of Rusty’s wife.

When Sabich, now over sixty years old and the chief judge of an appellate court, finds his wife, Barbara, dead under mysterious circumstances, Molto accuses him of murder for the second time, setting in motion a trial that is vintage Turow, with the courtroom at its most taut and explosive.

With his characteristic insight into both the dark truths of the human psyche and the dense intricacies of the criminal justice system, Scott Turow proves once again that some books simply compel us to read late into the night, desperate to know who did it.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Scott Turow’s new novel is the dedicated fiction-reader’s version of El Dorado: a driving, unputdownable courtroom drama–murder mystery that is also a literary treasure, written in language that sparkles with clarity and resonates with honest character insight. I came away feeling amazed and fulfilled, as we only do when we read novelists at the height of their powers. Put this one on your don’t-miss list.”

    Stephen King

  • There are so many twists and turns in this one you'll never guess what really happened. The story is expertly narrated from the main characters' points of view by Edward Herrmann in the male parts and Orlagh Cassidy as the female characters ...Herrmann masterfully portrays the stoic Savich, his confused adult son, and the relentless defense lawyer Sandy Stern, who is weakened by cancer. Cassidy is superb...the quality of the writing is high, and the narration sterling. AudioFile
  • Narrators Herrmann and Cassidy give quality fully vocalized readings, making listeners want to tackle this in one sitting. You won't need to have ever read the first in order to enjoy the second. But do both, and take them in order, if only just to double your pleasure. Sound Commentary
  • “Turow has set new standards for the genre, most notably in the depth and subtlety of his characterizations…The kind of reading pleasure that only the best novelists—genre or otherwise—can provide.”

    New York Times

  • “No one writes better mystery suspense novels than Scott Turow.”

    Los Angeles Times

  • “Scott Turow not only knows what his readers want, he delivers just about perfectly…Turow is the closest we have to a Balzac of the fin de siècle professional class.”

    Chicago Tribune

  • “Of all the lawyer-storytellers who have clambered onto the bestseller lists in recent years, Scott Turow is the champ. Not only are his plots absorbing and his characters persuasive, but his sentences flow with an artful cadence.”

    Washington Post Book World

  • “One begins with admiration for Turow’s skillful evocation of the thrill of detection; one finishes fascinated by his deft probing of the mysteries of character and family. Like John le Carré in the realm of spy novels and P. D. James in that of mysteries, Scott Turow has the goods to transcend the limitations of the genre.”

    Newsday

  • “Fans will not be disappointed. In the jaded world of bestselling authors, Turow has always seemed refreshingly uncynical. He’s not just cranking out formulaic moneymakers. Tracing Rusty’s path allows Turow to explore serious issues including aging, marriage, raising children, and death…But Turow remains at his best conveying what hasn’t changed since 1987 or, really, since the beginning of time: the darkness of the human heart.”

    USA Today

  • “Turow brings a literary sensibility to a grit-and-gravel genre: if he calls to mind any comparison, it’s to John le Carré. His novels are shaped by a studied bleakness, an introspect’s embrace of the gray-zone ambiguities of modern life.”

    Boston Globe

  • “Turow is well established as one of the greater writers of modern legal thrillers…Turow’s prose is beautiful and his observations, particularly the perceptions of small-scale human vulnerabilities, can take your breath away.”

    Times (London)

  • “Mesmerizing prose and intricate plotting…His best novel since his bestselling debut, Presumed Innocent.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • A USA Today Bestseller
  • A 2010 CWA Ian Fleming Steel Dagger Finalist

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Andrea | 2/20/2014

    " An interesting idea, and I liked the ending, but it took way too long to meander its way to where it was going. And the author assumes you have spent the last 20 years obsessing over the characters from Presumed Innocent; if you've never read it, or read it and forgot most of it (like I did), you're going to spend a lot of time wondering what the big deal is. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Andrew Singletary | 2/16/2014

    " Liked this much more than I did "Presumed Innocent". "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lisa | 2/12/2014

    " Well, it wasn't as good as Presumed Innocent! But I loved the characters and all the twists and turns that Turow takes you on, keeping you guessing until the very end. I loved the love between father and son despite a very imperfect relationship. A good easy read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kp | 2/3/2014

    " I couldn't stop listening to this book! I would have given it 5 stars, but I guess I was just a wee bit disappointed in the ending. Somehow I was looking for something a little more surprising or in your face... like the end of the first book, Presumed Innocent. Also, one of the reasons I loved this one was because I did read Presumed Innocent recently enough to remember what happened at the end... how Rusty's wife was involved there. I felt her secret should have or would have been exposed somehow. I guess I was disappointed that it wasn't. And if you hadn't read book #1 , I know you could really like this book, but I'm not sure you could love it without book #1. Both of these may not be reasons to take off one star, but somehow that ending just marred it a bit for me. Otherwise, very compelling and interesting! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Janet Mcaskill | 1/29/2014

    " I thought the ending was completely lame... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jim Leckey | 1/9/2014

    " Thought his first book Presumed Innocent was better. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Abbas | 12/27/2013

    " A great read! Turow's examination of the landscapes of the heart and mind, the scalpel like cutting into the threads of motivation and care made me marvel at how wonderful the book is. Highly recommended for sheer psychological verisimilitude. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karen | 12/26/2013

    " What a tangled web we weave when first we practice to deceive.... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary Ellen McWhirter | 12/26/2013

    " I liked it a lot more than I thought at the start. The beginning was more tedious than I'd like but the end just flew by. Good read, for sure. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rod Zemke | 12/4/2013

    " a great sequel to presumed innocent "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Minnek8 | 10/29/2013

    " This book is actually a sequel to "Presumed Innocent", which I read many years ago. This book held my interest, though I really did not recall much from the previous book as too much time (and books in between) had passed. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Debby | 10/24/2013

    " good, quick read - fun judicial mystery "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Meredith | 10/24/2013

    " This was a very tough book to get into. There was *zero* chemistry between Rusty and "the girl" - not much more between his son and "the girl." Some interesting plot twists at the end. Not a very satisfying read. Glad it was a library book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ed | 9/1/2013

    " I thought this was a good follow up to Presumed Innocent, a story that I liked a lot. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 David Birt | 7/23/2013

    " Haven't read such a good legal thriller in a long time. I was amused how much this was a proper sequel to "Presumed Innocent" - including the characters asking themselves how they ended up in the same position 20 years later. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Rich Merritt | 5/20/2013

    " This could be a textbook case on how not to write a book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Marie Powers | 4/18/2013

    " Interesting but not the page-turner I expected after Presumed Innocent. Ending of the first book was explosive. This was predictable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amy | 1/1/2013

    " I always love Scott Turow but I think this book was maybe stretching a little too far back. I think he should have kept facing forward. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Missy | 10/28/2012

    " The sequel to Presumed Innocent. I thought I had it all figured out, but there are some interesting twists. Very good! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Joanne | 8/23/2012

    " It was an okay book but I found for some reason that it was not easy reading for me. This book could have been 100 pages less and still told the same story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Judith Guyot | 7/8/2012

    " This is not the best of Turow's books. Slow and too many words. We got the message after the first couple of sex scenes. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bayneeta | 6/10/2012

    " I liked it, but there were definitely I found some of the plot just sort of creepy or disturbing. Not clear why I like Rusty as a character, when his behavior is at times so jerky. Maybe he's just a real-life character, with real-life flaws. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathy | 3/3/2012

    " I was glad to read this consecutively with Presumed Innocent (very necessary). I felt the action lagged a bit but I was always delighted with the cool "surprises" that kept popping up when I least expected them. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Daniel | 9/1/2011

    " Turow is an outstanding writer. His melancholy books about lives in the law never fail to impress. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katherine | 7/10/2011

    " I admire Turow's restraint--waiting all these years to revisit his central character, writing a slow (in a good way), character-driven novel. A good read, although in hindsight some of the event parallel the original book a bit too neatly. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amy | 5/17/2011

    " I enjoyed reading this book although it had some similarities to Presumed Innocent. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carolyn | 5/17/2011

    " I love legal thrillers, and Turow is the best. This one is a sequel to Presumed Innocent (wish I remembered it in greater detail) and they should be read in order. This one has a nice surprise ending. Surprised me, anyway. Some of my more astute friends will doubtless guess it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ken | 5/14/2011

    " sequel to Presumed Innocent; Rusty Sabich and Tommy Molto once again do battle in the courtroom 20+ years after his last trial as Sabich is accused of murdering his wife; very good narration; excellent character development; excellent storytelling
    "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Liza | 5/11/2011

    " Not fantastic writing, but great plot and sucked me in for an entire Sunday. Interesting subplots and characters. However, I am glad I read Presumed Innocent just a few weeks ago (which I did not like as much) so I could make connections more easily. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Janie | 5/6/2011

    " This was an excellent sequel to "Presumed Innocent". I will definitely be reading more of Turow's works. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lori | 5/1/2011

    " Wow. Couldn't put it down. Did he or did he not kill his wife? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nancy | 4/22/2011

    " Excellent courtroom mystery - quick, interesting read! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeff | 4/19/2011

    " Probably would have given this book 5 stars but didn't care as much for the ending as the rest of the book. All in all, a good sequel. I'm sure we will see a movie in the future with Harrison Ford reprising his role as Rusty. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Inese | 3/30/2011

    " Fantastic.
    Read "Presumed Innocent" first .... not necessary but it'll add to your understanding.
    "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kathleen | 3/28/2011

    " If you liked Presumed Innocent, you will like this book. You don't have to have read Presumed to enjoy this one, but you will enjoy it more if you had done. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sheila | 3/26/2011

    " Sequel to the book and movie Presumed Innocent. The original book and movie were haunting and easy to remember so the sequel was like talking to and old friend. Great beach book. "

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